Milk Kefir Grains

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Milk kefir grains are live active cultures consisting of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. Adding the kefir grains to fresh milk yields a delicous probiotic drink in about 24 hours. Milk kefir can be enjoyed plain, flavored, or used in many recipes, like salad dressing, bread, and ice cream.

  • Contains 1 packet of traditional heirloom-style milk kefir grains.
  • Rehydration period of 3-7 days required before regular use.
  • Reusable culture; makes up to 1 quart of kefir with every batch
  • Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
  • Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F
  • Suitable for use with cow or goat milk.
  • Grains require rehydration in pasteurized dairy milk. Once rehydrated, grains may be transitioned to raw milk.
  • May be used to culture coconut, soy, or rice milk once rehydrated in dairy milk; grains require regular refreshing in dairy milk.
  • Nut and seed milks yield inconsistent results. 


Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged in a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life. 

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information: Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. The product keeps

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 12 to 18 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 18+ months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): not recommended

 

Allergen Information:

Contains dairy. Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.

 

       
Erin  

Why I Love This Product:

Milk kefir is my favorite fermented food! It is so easy to make. Every 2 days or so I spend 5 minutes straining and pouring the milk on top of my grains. My kids love it (especially mixed with a little honey). Because the milk kefir grains are reusable, they are an easy inexpensive way to make kefir forever! This is a perfect starter culture for anyone just starting out making their own fermented foods, or for families with only a little time on their hands! Want to know more about culturing milk kefir? Here are some of our blog posts about milk kefir! Erin, Social Media Coordinator

 

 



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  • From Christel at 4/9/2012 3:44 AM
    • Do you ship Kefir grains to New Zealand?

      Christel
    • I'm sorry we don't ship individual orders outside of the United States but if you would like to see our products in your local health food store, please have them contact us about a wholesale account. We would love to talk to them :)
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  • From Jean at 4/8/2012 5:20 PM
    • Did I "kill" the good stuff in my raw goats milk by freezing it. I purchase 1gal. at a time and freeze 2qts since I drink aprox. half gal. a week. Can I use the frozen (thawed milk) for kefir? Tried Kefir starter product which did not produce well at all-very bad tasting. Want to buy good grains and make may own ASAP!
    • We have a lot of customers making yogurt and kefir with frozen - thawed goats milk. A few people report an altered flavor but the flavor can change when the goat's diet changes too. Studies show differences of opinion about the slight loss of nutrients when freezing raw milk but it certainly won't "kill all the good stuff".
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  • From Millie at 4/6/2012 10:36 AM
    • Can you list the actual names of the micro-organisms in your kefir, so that I know what I am getting? Thanks.
    • The Composition of Milk Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast

      Please note, this list is for general informational purposes only. We do not test individual batches of Milk Kefir Grains for yeast and bacteria content, therefore we cannot make any guarantees to the exact probiotic makeup any particular set of Milk Kefir Grains sold on our website.
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  • From lily at 4/3/2012 10:20 PM
    • Do you not need to warm the milk first for the kefir grains? The cultures recommend heating first.
    • It is not necessary to heat the milk if you are using milk kefir grains. If you are using the powdered kefir starter, the milk would be gently heated (85° to 92°) to help in even distribution of the powder.
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  • From Jen at 3/27/2012 4:21 PM
    • My kefir wouldn't stain through the strainer so I stirred lightly with a wooden spoon. Now I don't see my grains. Did I damage them?
    • Straining the grains shouldn't cause any damage. If the kefir is thick or has separated, gently stir before straining to thin the kefir and loosen the grains. Then use a fine mesh strainer to make sure you catch the smaller grains, working the kefir through the strainer gently using a wooden or plastic utensil.
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  • From sweetpea at 3/22/2012 1:09 PM
    • I am rehydrating my milk grains. Do they have to be rinsed off when you change out the milk? Also, is a week long enough to do this? I have them in the milk for 24 hours at a time. Then it starts to seperate. Is this ok? I will stir it and leave it for the full 24 hours, then change out the milk. Please advise. Thanks
    • There is no need to rinse the grains between batches. The rehydration process can take anywhere from 4-7 days. If separation occurs, stir the curds and whey together before straining, and cut back on the culturing time. If you need further assistance, please contact customer support.
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  • From Marybeth at 3/8/2012 12:23 PM
    • When rehydrating the grains what is meant by "partially sealed" container?
    • A partially sealed container could be a jar with a lid placed on top, but not screwed on; a coffee filter or dish towel over the top and secured by a rubber band; anything that covers the jar opening but allows gases to escape is acceptable.
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  • From Chris at 3/7/2012 7:40 AM
    • When baking with the kefir, why do you have to soak the kefir in the flour for 12 hours?
    • You are actually soaking the flour in kefir which according to Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions) neutralizes phytic acid making the flour more easily digestible. Kefir can also be used as a leavening agent in recipes.
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  • From Cindy at 3/4/2012 2:52 PM
    • Will the kefir grains go bad if you forget about them and leave them in the milk unrefrigerated for several days or weeks?
    • The milk that the grains are sitting in or the kefir that has resulted will probably be bad after sitting unrefrigerated for so long. The grains will not "go bad" as much as they will undoubtedly starve and die from lack of nutrient if sitting at room temperature for that long.

      You can keep milk kefir grains in milk in the refrigerator for a week or two, in hibernation, but even there you would have to replace the milk periodically to keep the grains from starving.
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  • From Joe at 3/3/2012 9:59 PM
    • I am lactose intolerant. Can I use lactose free milk.
    • Milk kefir grains need lactose to survive. They also use the lactose to produce lactic acid, which causes the milk proteins to coagulate. You could probably culture some lactose-free milk and provide a probiotic drink, but it would not thicken much if at all, and you would have to refresh the grains in regular milk periodically.
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Excellent product Review by knitmaiden
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We have been using these cultures and absolutely love them. We make kefir everyday and use it for our smoothies.

(Posted on 9/29/2014)

Productive Little Grains Review by Susan
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I purchased the Milk Kefir Grains and they began producing kefir in about four days. I am so glad I bought them! The kefir is so perfectly smooth and delicious. I had been worried because the weather had been a little cool, but these little grains have been working their magic. This was definitely money well-spent.

(Posted on 9/28/2014)

Delicious and fun Review by Darcy
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My grains started producing kefir that I wanted to drink within 3 days. The kefir is delicious and mild. However, since I am making kefir only for myself and can't drink 4 cups every day, I have had to take some measures to slow the grains down. I am now using only a few grains and they culture about 12 oz of milk in 24 hours. The rest of the grains are stored in milk at the back of my fridge. Unless I find a friend who wants them, they will go to waste. Buying these grains is far less expensive than purchasing kefir from the supermarket, but I would have liked to see another, cheaper option to purchase fewer grains.

(Posted on 9/26/2014)

Great product and website Review by InTexas
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I got these grains a year ago. It took close to a week to activate them. I only used a little milk at first as it wasn't active yet and I didn't want to waste it. Once it got going, it tasted too sour for me but it's either gotten sweeter or I've gotten used to it. I always add a banana with tart fruit to make it sweet. Or a spoonful of fruit jam. The kefir has a almost tingly feeling on your tongue, there are some bubbles in it - that and the yeast makes it taste different from yogurt. Also the store bought kefir is not comparable as it is more of a thin yogurt. I had tried that first and if it wasn't for the other reviews and all the info these people provide I wouldn't have known it was supposed to taste so different.
Also, my house tends to stay warm, especially in the summer and I struggled with making this at first as it seemed to go from nothing to a super sour thick stuff that I didn't care for. Then I read a review from a lady in Houston who cycles hers daily with counter time and fridge time. I tried it and it works for me. I put it out until it looks a little thick, then fridge. Then I filter it and get it in new milk and back on the counter. I use organic milk. I could never get it through the sieve I bought here once it got thick. I started using one I got from Walmart that has bigger holes. Maybe if you filtered while it's still thin it would work, but I found this works ok.
And also, it never gets very thick, more like buttermilk. And whiter than the milk you start with when done. And then you put it through the sieve and that breaks it up thinner so I've mostly used it in smoothies and as a buttermilk substitute. Today I made one with a banana, teaspoon honey, fistful squished raw spinach and handful of frozen blueberries. It was good, too sweet, but couldn't taste the spinach. I have also made some salad dressing out of it, recipes on the website.

(Posted on 9/20/2014)

Skimpy supply Review by Jeff
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The quality seems to be good, but for the price, surely you could have included more kefir grains.

Response from CFH: The amount of grains included is sufficient to culture 1 quart of milk at least every 24 hours, indefinitely with care. This will provide nearly 2 gallons of milk kefir each week.

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

Excellent Review by Donna
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A great learning experience! When I needed help I received support using the live chat and was able to solve my issue. After drying the grains, and starting over, the kefir is delicious.

(Posted on 9/13/2014)

Kefir Grains Review by Reets
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Product arrived promptly. Directions clear and true to set-up time estimate. Taste delicious.

(Posted on 9/7/2014)

I am inexperienced using cultures, but think the product worked just fine. Review by M
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The culture seemed very expensive for a few granules. The product worked well and was easy to hydrate. I find that I have more questions than available answers. I don't understand the doubling effects of the granules and am afraid I am mixing them in the drink. All in all I think the product certainly is more flexible than the powder product, more convent and less expensive in the long run.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any questions. If answers can't be found on the site, we are often able to help find the answers or answer directly.

(Posted on 9/4/2014)

Quick start Review by Brant
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Order arrived on time and in good condition. It is clear instructions in good website support. The culture took off like a rocket! Great product!

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

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I have ordered milk kefir grains more than once and they die. I give up. It is super chunky and very difficult to separate at 24 hours. I work so I am not available to watch it every hour to see when it is ready. I will stick with the wonderful (forgiving) water kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support before discarding products. Many cultures are salvageable with some minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/25/2014)

Works great! Tastes great! Review by Gord
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My Kefir grains activated in one day and began producing a delicious drink that I can't get enough of!

(Posted on 8/21/2014)

Huge Disappointment Review by Katheryn
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I've had these grains for a month and they never activated. The milk doesn't thicken at all. I've contacted Customer Service several times and they keep giving me new tricks to try, but nothing works. These grains simply aren't working. I've poured SO MUCH time and energy into the critters, trying to lovingly nuture them to life. I'm more mad about how much time and milk i've wasted on this venture than the eightteen bucks down the drain.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/20/2014)

goforit Review by Satified
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I am very pleased with my Kefir making process, especially when it cost around $3.18 at a local store.

(Posted on 8/4/2014)

Great Review by Ssunshine62
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This is my first try with milk kefir. I have made several batches and have enjoyed them in my daily smoothies. Can't wait to try other gains.

(Posted on 8/2/2014)

Off and running Review by HKC
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The grains are working great! It's so easy once you get them started which for me took about a week. Now I make 1 qt of kefir everyday which costs about $0.50/qt. v.s. $3-4 from the store. Yea!!

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

We love Milk Kefir - what did we ever do without it Review by Beach Gal
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We received our grains and followed instructions to rehydrate them. Now we are making 4 cups every day. My grains haven't grown but that has not stopped them from producing kefir. My husband and I and our two dogs drink the whole 4 cups daily. My husband has been teasing me about my "experiment" but he is now admitting that he feels so much better and our two dogs beg for kefir and are running around like young dogs. Their coats are nicer and their eyes brighter and they have more energy. The strange thing is that both my husband and I are lactose intolerant. These nifty little grains feed on the lactose and we have had no problem with the lactose at all. I am so happy that Cultures for Health offer these fantastic kefir grains. For the initial price along with the cost of milk, you can have a lifetime of healthy drink. We drink it straight, we put it in smoothies, we add fruits and juices. The possibilities are endless.

(Posted on 7/29/2014)

Milk Kefir grains Review by Janie
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Mine had a slow start- might be the temp in the house and it is multiplying very slowly (I use organic milk) but what I have there is very healthy looking grains..Oh and did I say I am ADDICTED to Kefir! Can't seem to get enough...I love it...

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/27/2014)

such a small amount Review by jen
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I received a very small amount - 1 teaspoon re-hydrated- it took forever to do more than 2 cups of milk.

Response from CFH: One teaspoon of milk kefir grains are all that is needed to culture up to 4 cups of milk. Please contact us before discarding any cultures. Some cultures may require a minor adjustment.

(Posted on 7/23/2014)

Fabulous Review by Jim
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I have ordered this product twice. Both times the grains activated within a couple of days, and started producing wonderful tasting kefir. Our family is very happy with it!

(Posted on 7/21/2014)

Very good product. Review by GM
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I first ordered milk kefir grains and they did not work right, they must have been bad because all I made was rotten milk. After speaking to customer service, I received some new grains along with detailed instructions and this kefir has turned out to be wonderful. It has worked great from the start and we have made some good kefir that my family loves.

(Posted on 7/18/2014)



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